After Miami's title year in 2006, Wade was on top of the basketball world. He was the championship MVP and looked primed to become one of the best players in the NBA.
However, two consecutive injury-riddled seasons temporarily derailed the superstars career.
While his numbers were still amongst the top of the league and he still ranked as one of the league's best players, he lost a lot of his explosiveness.
It appeared that he might not be the same player after missing a combined 62 games from 2006-2008.
While he undoubtedly put up big numbers, critics questioned if he would ever continue his rise to becoming an unquestionable top three player in the NBA.
It was a dark reality for Heat fans waiting to see how he would return in 2009.
Not only did Dwyane Wade return to his former self, he dramatically improved. He shattered his former numbers and put together the best statistical season of his career.
In his comeback year, he averaged an unbelievable 30.2 PPG, 7.5 assists, five rebounds, 2.2 steals, and 1.3 blocks per game to take the league by storm and silence any critics that said he wouldn't return to All-Star form.
It wasn't even the stat line that made his comeback so special, it was the fashion that he did it in.
From high flying dunks to incredible blocks, Wade was simply all over the place on both sides of the floor and showcased a unique explosiveness that had everybody turning their heads.
His highlight reel mounted up in 2009 with game-winning shots, posterizing dunks, and excellent defensive plays.
It truly was a great moment in Miami Heat history to see the franchise's all-time greatest player get back to form and continue his path of becoming one of the best players in the NBA.
Not only did Wade return to dominance, he ensured Heat fans that his exciting play wasn't going anywhere.